Sunday 28 May is a day that still seemed so far away since the day I registered for the Great Manchester Run a few months ago. Danny wasn’t far behind me and registered a few weeks after me yet our running numbers were only one number apart, so that was good.
We began to train at the gym on the treadmill and developing other fitness. Then we decided that we needed to get used to running on the ground outside of the indoors. And I am so glad we did, because we found it to be a big difference.
The truth is, we probably could have done more training. But for us, the day wasn’t about being a professional runner. It wasn’t about time and it wasn’t about being competitive. Today was about running for our charities, for our grandparents. Hitting the finish line made me teary eyed as it’s something that I never would have dreamed of doing. But I did do it, and I did it with Danny, which made it even more of a special accomplishment.
There was such a positive and boosting atmosphere prior and during the whole event. We watched other waves getting ready to run after they did their warm-up and couldn’t wait until it was our turn. It didn’t rain, although we kind of wish it did at one point to cool us down. Luckily, there was two opportunities for the shower mists that were there so they helped a lot.